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One of the great pop voices has been silenced. RIP Ronnie Spector

She had hits with her girl group The Ronettes in the 60s, did a duet with the late Eddie Money in the 80s, and lives on every year with all the great Christmas songs she recorded.

The death of Ronnie Spector caught her friends and admirers by surprise when the news broke Wednesday. She died today after a short battle with cancer at age 78.

"I just heard the news about Ronnie Spector and I don’t know what to say," Beach Boys co-founder Brian Wilsonwrote. "I loved her voice so much and she was a very special person and a dear friend. This just breaks my heart. Ronnie’s music and spirit will live forever."

"I'm in total shock!," Darlene Love, the lead singer of another midcentury girl group, the Blossoms, wrote onFacebook. "Did not see this one coming.

"Please give me time to process my thoughts to give Ronnie the proper tribute she deserves. She and I shared so much together."

"The Money Family is saddened to hear about the passing of the legendary Ronnie Spector," said a message on late singerEddie Money's Facebook page. "Eddie loved Ronnie and was honored to have her join him with her very special and unique voice on the song 'Take Me Home Tonight'. Our thoughts and prayers go out to her family."

"Rest In Peace Ronnie Spector such a special time in music. What a beautiful song,"wrote Dave Davies of the Kinks, posting a video of the Ronettes performing "Be My Baby" back in the day.

The 2017 NAMM Show, Saturday, January 21

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